How professional estate agents value your property

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How professional estate agents value your property

Is the best estate agent the one who suggests the highest asking price for your property?


Is the best estate agent the one who provides an accurate valuation and actually sells your property for the agreed asking price?


How Sims Williams will value your property

When you invite us to value your property, we’ll do our homework before we step foot into your home.

We are committed to providing accurate valuations that attract the best potential buyers and fit in with your desired timescales and needs for your onwards move.

Some agents will give you an inflated valuation price simply to win your business – only to persuade you to reduce the price substantially four weeks later because you’ve had no interest from potential buyers.

We’re always happy to start marketing your property at the top end of our suggested valuation range or at a price you suggest and carefully monitor the pricing as part of our regular marketing reviews of your property.


We’ll do our research

Unlike some agents, we won’t just look at websites that record previous sale prices for homes in your street.

We will look at our own records of similar properties we have sold in your street, remind ourselves of the different features and conditions of each property and the priorities of each seller at the time of the sale.

This helps us to understand whether the sale price was influenced by a desire to move quickly or perhaps reflected the fact that the property required some modernisation.

We will also take into consideration the “extra” features some properties may have boasted which may have boosted the value. For example, an extension, conservatory or brand-new kitchen.


We’ll ask the experts – our team!

The majority of our staff have been with Sims Williams for over 10 years and are qualified members of the National Association of Estate Agents.

As part of our preparations for coming to value your home, we’ll sit down as a team and discuss our experience of similar properties to yours, including any factors which affected the asking price we suggested and went on to achieve.


Local issues affecting property prices

We’ll look at potential new developments and infrastructure improvements that have or could affected house prices in your area – either negatively or positively.

This may include referring to Arun District Council and Chichester District Council’s local planning policies to check what developments are on the horizon and could have an impact on the current and future value of your home.


National housing market considerations

The ongoing uncertainty over Brexit impacts consumer confidence and is slowing down some areas of the housing market.

Having said that, most people decide to move to a new house for practical reasons, like a new job, a growing family or the desire to downsize.

Most of us are not prepared to wait for the “perfect time” to move as we understand the only perfect time to move is when it’s right for us.

There will never be a perfect time in terms of market conditions, interest rates, local house price trends and our property needs all being perfectly aligned.


It’s all about you

The most important step in providing an accurate valuation of your property is talking to you.

We believe this is where Sims Williams truly stands out from other estate agents.

We take the time to understand your reasons for moving, your desired timescale and what’s involved in your onwards move.

If you need to achieve a certain price by a certain time to facilitate your onwards move, we will work closely with you and explain the best way to achieve this.


Marketing specifically designed for your property

We’ll devise a marketing strategy specific to your property, including professional photography that shows your home at its best, a bespoke property brochure and a detailed plan for on and offline marketing of your home.


Honest advice and support

If we think a de-clutter of your home is needed to sell your home for the price you want, we will tell you.

We’ll also share our top tips for presenting your home at its best and provide advice on how to “stage” your home for viewings.


You are now ready to sell your property

Our professional approach and research from the start means once your property goes on the market, everything is in place to sell your home successfully.


And that’s when we really show you the importance of an accurate, well-researched valuation.

If you are planning your next move and would like to know what your property is worth, contact Sims Williams today and see for yourself how a professional estate agent values your property.

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What our clients say

Wonderful Service

After being told probate should be granted on the property within 12 weeks, it has been quite a shock to have finally received the keys a year later. This challenging year was only made easier by the constant support and help from Karen and the Sims Williams team. I'm not sure I could have hung on so long without their wonderful assistance.
George - Buyer - Feb 6th, 2023

Happy House Buyers

We genuinely couldn’t have been happier with our house purchase and the unwavering support we received from Sims Williams every step of the way. We purchased a new build property and Sims were a fantastic conduit between us and the builder. We are now settled in our new home and look forward to spending many happy years ahead enjoying our new space made possible with Sims Williams support.
Lauren O’Malley - Buyer - Oct 14th, 2022

Brilliant Service

I just wanted to let you know how impressed I have been with the efficient, friendly and tenacious service that Megan has given us in supporting the sale of 8 Shippam Street, which as you may well know has been over year in securing (through no fault of Sims Williams). I should also add that both Calum and Mel have been brilliant, with very efficient handovers and leave covering when needed.
Andy - Vendor - Apr 5th, 2022

Brilliant Service

The Sims Williams team were brilliant. Fast, thorough - nothing was too much trouble. They helped through the whole purchase and I've since let the property through them - the lettings team is just as brilliant. Highly recommend them.
C Huggins - Buyer - Jan 26th, 2022

Absolutely first class service

Jo was our main point of contact and the service her and her colleagues provided was faultless. Fantastic communication and lovely tenants found. I would add that I have also bought and sold properties through Sims Williams over the past 25 years and done another rental too, and not once have they ever slipped on their first class service..and super friendly too. Well done all of you.
Tracey - Landlord - Jun 7th, 2022

Amazing service from start to finish

Having been given short notice and trying to find a property in a particular area I was very lucky to have found Jo at Sims Williams ! She did everything she said she would and she made the whole process from start to finish so so easy and believe you me the service was the best out of all the agents that I used in the local area !
SC - Tenant - Jul 19th, 2022

Amazing - 5*

The staff at Sims Williams have been beyond kind and helpful. It’s been a pleasure to deal with them. Thank you.

Great Service

Having made the big decision to purchase a holiday rental home we can say that Sims Williams helped make the process extremely easy having received the keys within a month of us first viewing! A special mention goes to Tiffany who offered a wealth of local knowledge and information at our initial viewing and helped us make the decision to purchase. Everyone in the office was friendly and accommodating throughout the process and I would certainly not hesitate in recommending them. Thank you!
Katie - Buyer - Aug 2nd, 2021

Couldn’t have asked for better estate agents

Thank you sims Williams for your help with getting us all set up moving into our new home. Jo & David have been nothing but amazing. Answering any questions we have had, phoning us, emailing us and keeping us updated along the way of the process. It’s been nothing but smooth runnings would highly recommend sims Williams to anyone looking for help and guidance with renting a property! Thank you all for you’re help!
Stephanie - Tenant - May 26th, 2021

Managing tenants

We have used Sims Williams for 11 years after buying the house from them. We have always found the staff efficient, helpful and courteous. If there were any problems with the tenants these were dealt with in a professional and satisfactory manner.
Robert - Landlord - Aug 15th, 2023